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Financial planner linked to Trump evangelical adviser Robert Jeffress indicted for stealing $19 million from senior citizens

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A Christian financial planner endorsed by Donald Trump’s evangelical advisor Robert Jeffress has been indicted on Ponzi scheme charges after allegedly stealing millions from senior citizens.

Religion News Network reported Thursday that W. Neil “Doc” Gallagher, age 78, allegedly stole more than $19 million from senior citizens who heard his paid radio broadcasts in Texas.

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The day prior to his March 8 arrest, the Securities and Exchange Commission claimed Gallagher ran a “classic Ponzi scheme” in a complaint filed against him and two of his companies, the report noted.

In the scheme alleged by the SEC, Gallagher “continually signed up new investors and used their money to make monthly disbursements to earlier investors,” telling the senior citizens who gave him their money that those payments “were the profits generated through his surefire management of their retirement portfolios,” RNS reported.

The man who billed himself as “The Money Doctor” on the radio claimed he would help seniors plan their retirement and was guided by the scripture, blending investment advice with Christian messages.

“Our mission is to be a vehicle of God’s peace and comfort to as many people as possible,” the Gallagher Financial Group claimed on its website, “helping first with their financial peace of mind, then also with their spiritual, emotional, and family well-being.”

According to the SEC, Gallagher has “no valid securities-industry credentials” and was in 1999 “reprimanded by the Texas State Securities Board for engaging in fraudulent business practices, including falsifying receipts and falsely advertising himself as a registered investment adviser.”

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Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests

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President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.

Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.

BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.

Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.

Protesters flipped off the president’s helicopter.#dcprotest #MAGANIGHT #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/EMgCaOof1J

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Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report

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President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.

Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.

The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.

More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”

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Seattle mayor imposes emergency curfew — set to begin only 14 minutes after her announcement

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The mayor of Seattle announced on Twitter that she would be signing an executive order imposing a curfew.

"I will soon be signing an emergency order and the city of Seattle will be imposing a 5 pm curfew soon," Durkin tweeted at 4:46 p.m. -- only 14 minutes before the order was set to go into effect.

"Crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately," she ordered.

"While many individuals gathered peaceful, some individuals have started fires and are destroying buildings. There are multiple fires downtown and it is an extremely dangerous situation. @Seattelfire (sic) does not have access to buildings," she continued.

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